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Saturday 11 March 1916 - Private Cecil Crane of the 4th Worcesters killed

Category World War I: News of men at the Front
The Evesham Journal
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Private Cecil Henry Crane, of the 4th Worcesters, who was reported missing in Gallipoli on August 6, and is now reported as having been killed at about that time. He leaves a widow and one child, with whom much sympathy is felt. A memorial service was held in Badsey Church on Tuesday evening, conducted by the Vicar, the Rev W C Allsebrook. The service was choral, and commenced with the hymn, “Father, we bring our dead to Thee” by J S Akwright. this was followed by the Burial Service, which was sung to Helmore’s music, prayers for the departed being substituted for the committal portion of the service. Mention was made of  Private Harold Gaskin, formerly of Badsey, and of Trooper Lionel Radcliffe Holmes, of the New Zealand Force, a brother of Miss Holmes, late of Badsey, the former of whom died in hospital in Alexandria, and the latter of them has been missing since the first landing in Gallipoli. At the conclusion of the office the hymn “As we think of the brave” by the Rev W R Draner, was sung, and afterwards the vicar gave the Blessing. The church was well filled, and as the congregation dispersed the organist (Mr T H Knight ) played the Dead March.